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May 9, 2024

The democratic legitimacy of the European Union

Jaap Hoeksma As we approach the the European Parliament elections, from 6–9 June, Jaap Hoeksma argues that the European Union has resolved its problems of democratic legitimacy by becoming a democratic international organisation Read more
March 15, 2024

The pitfalls of the EU’s multiple presidency system

Sergio Fabbrini Charles Michel had agreed to stand down early as President of the European Council so he could run for the European Parliament. Recently, however, he changed his mind. Sergio Fabbrini argues this highlights the disadvantages of the EU multiple presidency system, leaving the EU without a single representatives of its interests Read more
March 12, 2024

The Law of Delors

Jaap Hoeksma Jaap Hoeksma argues that Jacques Delors’ 1985 non-vision of the European Union as an 'Unidentified Political Object' has actually come to pass – with a little help from the European Court of Justice Read more
August 29, 2023

European space policy and the EU’s ‘Outermost Regions’

Diogo Vieira Ferreira Space technology sees increased use in warfare. This has generated great concern for the European Union’s capacity to maintain a stable space policy. Diogo Vieira Ferreira argues that the effective development of European space policy requires the participation and input of the so-called ‘Outermost Regions’ as strategic actors Read more
June 16, 2023

Lex Tusk as a catalyst for EU democracy

Jaap Hoeksma The European Commission's intervention in the Polish crisis concerning the Lex Tusk is most welcome, writes Jaap Hoeksma. To be credible, however, the EU must also have its own house in order Read more
May 3, 2023

Democratic global governance beyond Westphalia

Jaap Hoeksma The EU has evolved from a union of democratic States into a European democracy. Jaap Hoeksma argues this sheds fresh light on the Kantian quest for perpetual peace. It demonstrates that the Westphalian system of international relations should give way to a model of democratic global governance Read more
February 24, 2023

The European Court of Justice has resolved the EU’s democratic deficit. The EU should tell the world about it

Jaap Hoeksma Jaap Hoeksma argues that a European Court of Justice ruling in 2022 legally overcame the EU’s longstanding democratic deficit. The EU should now draw on the implications of that ruling, and declare itself an original model of democracy Read more
September 6, 2022

EU democracy promotion cannot continue to remain silent on colonial crimes

Anna Khakee As long as the EU continues to silence European colonial crimes when promoting democracy and human rights in the Global South, it cannot live up to its moral promise. Instead, warns Anna Khakee, it risks perpetuating – inadvertently or otherwise – colonial-era hierarchies between civilisations and a sense of European moral superiority Read more

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